Jessie’s brother and Norman’s brother-in-law, who is originally from Wolf Creek but now lives on the West Coast. Neal has returned for a visit to Montana in the summer of 1937. Neal is very much out of place in Montana culture, wearing preppy sweaters, unable to control his liquor consumption, and only interested in fly-fishing insofar as it will help him prove popular among the women of the town. Jessie is clearly worried about Neal, and asks Norman to take him under his wing—but for various reasons, some within and some out of his control, Norman largely fails. Like Paul, Neal seems to be struggling to find his place, but in the context of Norman and Paul’s relationship, Neal is more of a drag than a productive foil.